Taking requests: Packing for safari
“In October, I’m going to Kenya on safari, staying for ten days in luxe tent camps,” writes a reader named Anna. “All good (excellent, actually). However I’m utterly confused about what to wear. One is discouraged from wearing blue or black by day (the colors attract nasty flies) and from wearing camo anything. So, by day, literally safari-colored clothing (khaki, stone, white, army green) and by night, dressy-but-not-too-dressy for safari tent drinks and dinners (black and blue allowed). I’m thinking feminine and safari sexy (just a little bit).” Glad to take up the challenge, Anna, and can I say that I am intensely jealous? Also, because my main packing rule is to choose a limited color palette, this request is right up my alley. I love the idea of being limited to this particular set of hues, and would go heavy on the khaki, starting with this excellent utility shirt from J. Crew.
These Vince shorts come in khaki too, but are so damn crisp in the white.
I’d bring a few white T-shirts, one of which might be James Perse’s Casual Tee, because it’s got such a good, deep scoopneck. But I like this V-neck from Everlane too, if you’re interested in a cheaper (as in $15 a pop) option.
These espadrilles would be nice for lounging about Base Camp.
This sneaker is not on the list of recommended colors (or maybe it qualifies as stone?), but I feel like it would work, and also go with everything.
A pair of khaki chinos with a nice, relaxed cut seem essential for a trip like this.
Temperatures in Kenya in October are generally hot, but it can cool off in the mornings and evenings, so a nice Chan Luu scarf in army green makes sense.
This dress feels slightly Out of Africa in a slouchy, updated way, which I dig.